Comparison Of Elijah Greenface And Gran Torino

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“The young may learn from their elders; and the old may learn from the young. To What extent and how is this true on Moses Aaron’s ‘Elijah Greenface’ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Gran Torino’? Throughout the ages, it has always been that the young learn from the old through their knowledge and wisdom, but in the modern age this is not always so. This may be because of the technological advance handed to the newer generations, which has highly influenced a new way of living. Now it is the young leading the way, embracing and learning the benefits of the computer age, however the elderly can still guide the young, learning about life values and experiences. In Elijah Greenface, written by Moses Aaron, and Gran Torino, both texts include an older…show more content…
Joe’s father falls into a deep black hole of no return and in the end takes his own life in his shed. As a result, Joe learns nothing from his father except for the feeling of abandonment and how suicide is the ‘easy way out’. Joe feels cheated by his father too. Elijah and Walt, having both experienced Post Traumatic Stress have come to forgive themselves and have used Joe and Thao to finally let themselves free and in Walt’s situation something that has been bottling up for years and years. From this, both young boys learn about courage, the preciousness of life and about forgiveness. The Gran Torino and black coat are both symbols of the men themselves. The Gran Torino shows that Walt is a man who is well kept with charm whom though has been hiding away for many years. The black coat shows that Elijah is a man who is hiding something, a man who is different from the rest. In this instance it is seen that whilst neither Joe nor his father learned anything positive from his actions, Joe, Elijah, Walt and Thao all learn from each other as a result of the elders Post Traumatic Stress. Whether about life, death, forgiveness or hate, they all learned…show more content…
Now it is the youth who are teaching the young as a result of new way of living revolving around the new computer age. There is though, still I place for the older generations to teach the new though values, traditions and wisdom from past experiences. In Elijah Greenface and Gran Torino, Walt and Elijah are given a new lease on life with Joe and Thao and therefore the younger boys are able to learn from their experiences and knowledge. Both texts include family members who are unable to learn from their elder because of conflict and misunderstanding as well at Post Traumatic Stress influencing strongly upon the main characters and their inability to open up at some points in their lives. Both of the older main characters die, unforgiven by their families. We do not live in an ideal world, not everything can be perfect and not everything can be fully resolved, it is not possible. Both texts suggest that the young are the promise of the future and this is emphasised symbolically by the handing of the Gran Torino and the Black Coat, which are seen as legacies left by the old to young. Consequently, in an ideal world the young would learn from the old and vice-versa, but we do not live in an ideal world and therefore this is not always possible, conflict, a lack of understanding and knowledge of people’s pasts and present influence
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